Women and girls lead a life free from violence

Women and girls lead a life free from violence
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UN Women Uganda currently implements interventions on ending violence against women and girls (EVAWG) in 20 districts of the country.

Our three-pronged strategy focuses on i) Creating an enabling legislative and policy environment in line with international standards on Ending Violence against Women and Girls (EVAWG), Women's Access to Justice, and other forms of discrimination, enhancing enforcement of laws and policies and accountability for impunity for pervasive violence against women and girls and abuse of sexual reproductive health rights, ii) Changing negative social norms, attitudes and behaviors to eliminate all forms of violence against women and harmful practices such as child marriage and female genital mutilation that hinder women and girls from pursuing their normal socioeconomic development and enjoying their rights as equal citizens of Uganda.

This includes promoting community awareness and demand for sexual reproductive health services.  Central to this strategy is interpersonal dialogues at the community level and multimedia campaigns targeting the whole society especially men and boys, as well as religious, cultural and opinion leaders, iii) UN Women supports the government through funding and capacity building of formal and non-formal justice institutions at national and district levels (Police, judiciary, Public prosecution, and Legal Officers, ADR) to enforce legislation, be accountable and to provide and make accessible quality essential services such as legal aid, justice services, psychological counselling, referral for health care and economic empowerment services to women and girls who are at risk or who experience violence.